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Do You Take a Digital Camera With You Everywhere? [POLL]

Last week I wrote a post exploring 3 stupidly simple reasons why most people’s photography doesn’t improve – the first reason being that they don’t take their camera with them.

A lot of people agreed – so I thought it might be interesting to run a poll to see how many of us DO take a camera with us all the time.

We ran this poll over four years ago so it’ll be interesting to see if anything has changed since then.

Do You Take a Camera With You Everywhere?

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Feel free to share more about your answer in comments below!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://nickerwin.com Nicholas Erwin

    I agree with one of the top posters “Justin” that when you have a large camera and heavy lenses, its not such a easy thing to do. They are big and bulky and just a pain in the butt to carry around unless I’m shooting an event or doing a photo shoot.

    I’d personally love to bring my camera with me every where and I could easily by removing the grip and putting on a light weight lens like my nifty 35 1.8 and use my neck strap instead of my Black Rapid RS7 since the camera would weigh a lot less and be a little easier to carry instead of having to wear my Black Rapid around every wheres. I normally use that strap during events and long days of shooting..but other than that I go with out any strap, especially around the house.

    I don’t have a smart phone so I can’t take the advantages of the awesome cameras these little devices have these days. But I am considering getting a Fuji X-20 as my light weight travel camera..the image quality is fantastic, great low light performance and sharpness and it doesn’t break the bank too bad..only around $600 and it still allows me to shoot raw.

    I’m still trying to figure out my style and part of my new years resolution was to try and bring my camera around a bit more and I have, but not as much as I originally thought.

    I certainly don’t want to make photography a chore, its suppose to be a fun hobby.

  • Frank De Carlo

    I keep a Sony RX 100 with me at all times in case something comes along. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t have a viewfinder. Other than that, the image quality is EXCELLENT plus it shoots in RAW, JPEG or both and offers P, M, A, M. It’s a little on the expensive side but if you’re going for the shot, you want the best.

  • Lynn

    A Sony p&s is always with me in my purse. The frustrating thing is driving along, seeing a great shot, and having nowhere to pull off! My Sony A57 generally stays at home unless I’m going out specifically to shoot or there’s a fair chance of a “Kodak moment”.

  • Lindsey

    I NEVER go anywhere without my DSLR! Even if I’m just running out for a gallon of milk. You just never know. :)

  • iqbal

    How i carry my dslr with me all time? I am a company service holder.

  • Rob Bixby

    I am looking into buying an upper level P&S for every day carry. The DSLR gets to be a pain sometimes. literally!

  • Frank De Carlo

    Take a look at the Sony NEX series. Image quality is EXCELLENT and you can carry a couple of lenses that weigh next to nothing.

  • rose

    too paranoid to carry my other cameras so it’s always my mobile phone unless I am going to a special event

  • sandie

    I have a Nikon DSLR and, on a month’s holiday in the US, I took it with me everywhere – too big and clunky to be carried comfortably all the time. I wish that then I’d had my Olympus Pen with me! This camera is much more portable – I usually have it with me in my normal handbag/purse which doesn’t shout ‘Camera’. I’ve also an ancient mobile phone which has a camera facility, which I use in an emergency!

    I love the question ‘What is the best camera?’ – answer ‘The one you have with you’ and also the saying ‘It’s not about the camera’.

    Interesting thread.

  • http://www.photosbygerianne.com Gerianne

    It started out as a photo a day project, my personal challenge to take a picture of something – anything – every day. And it turned into the most amazing growth for me. Shooting something daily was how I became comfortable with my camera, and I was learning to “see” a photograph even before I took it. Pretty soon I had all kinds of people waiting to see what picture I would post ‘today’. But the best part was that I was growing as a photographer. Pretty soon I had my own style, and my photos were getting better and better all the time. People ask me why I have my camera with me everywhere I go – even church on Sunday – and I say to them, “How can I be a photographer if I don’t have a camera with me?!!” Then, when the paying jobs come around, I feel much more confident in my ability to offer the client something beautiful. Happy shooting, folks :)

  • Steve

    60% of the time, I take my DSLR with me every time.

  • Rob Ferguson

    I carry a Canon compact around pretty well everywhere I go. It fits in a pocket so easy to take along. I’ve scored pics wherever. Next is I take my small camera bag along for about 70% of my outings whether to the store or whereever and it has an older compact and my Fuji bridge camera. I’ve managed to get some nice shots with it. Otherwise I take both camera bags along so I have my Olympus DSLR as well but this I only take along on 30% of my trips. I’ve been looking for a bag that will haul everything in one but hard to find one I like.

  • http://www.dandenong-ranges-photography.com.au Kathie Thomas

    Gerianne, that’s exactly how it happened for me too! I got addicted to taking photos daily and did the 365 day project for 2 years in a row. Attempted a 3rd year but had an accident and seriously broke my leg so was not able to walk around outside without aide for 4 months, but I’m now back out and about every day again. And like you, it even goes to church with me – I’ve done photographs for the church as a result. Always camera ready!

  • Rakesh

    Recently bought a Canon G1X to carry along on our adventure in India – The Rickshaw Run. Like the camera much. But does fall a bit short on taking pictures while moving. Slow to capture. iPhone camera is much better for ‘on the move’ pictures.

    But, yes, now carry the G1X around with me.

  • Richard

    I think many posting that they take their camera everywhere they go all the time are not being truthful or does not really understand the question. If you have your camera in your vehicle and not on your person, then you do not have your camera everywhere you go…… Just sayin :)

  • Alina Kausar

    I voted – “no-I hardly ever have a camera with me” because most of the time while I’m on road and I find a moment worth capturing I’m missing my camera. I do have a cell phone with camera though.The thing is I’ll vote a yes when I’m able to capture those sudden moments created in time not the one set up. :| but I’ll remember taking along from now on. :) thanks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-at-1500/225176137561979?ref=hl Robert Heness

    my always goes in my vehicle ,but I dont take it into the shops with me , but I do use it on the drive to or from the shops if I see something interesting ,if I go out with family and friends it is with me and always with me on trips aways and when I walk it is around my neck as I more then often bush walk ,if I take the wife out for lunch it comes with me as well while she eats I have a look around for interesting photos to take ,lunch is normally grab a pie or chips and go to a park ,reserve ,beach

  • Josh

    Yes…I do take my dlsr with me almost everywhere…Right in my backpack
    cause i travel by bikes…A lot easier for me to stop by the side of
    the roads whenever i saw something interesting to shoot at….

  • Anthony

    I take my DSLR most places and always have my cell phone on me.

  • Deborah P

    I always have it packed up in the backpack. I travel across the Skyway Bridge every day and love to stop when I have a few minute to enjoy the view and catch the pelicans diving or find some other interesting shorebird. Or anything else that might be interesting. In the past I’ve always missed that perfect moment when I should have had the camera, so now it’s always with me. And I have no less that a dozen camera apps on the iPhone :-P

  • Raniel

    I do carry a DSLR whenever I hang out with my friends outside school.

  • Alan Tay

    I take my compact with me in my bag. Practically one compact in every bag. I do change bags but which ever I grab, A camera is in it so I won’t miss an occassion..

  • Adem

    I recently bought a Canon 700D, and know I carry it around all the time. Because od my job, I carry a backpack anyway, with a laptop in it, so can cram the camera inside. When walking around, keep it slung on the side, sits comfortably and quite hidden. Though, I am now looking into a smaller mirrorless, Sony a6000 seems like a good option.

  • Dennis

    On a job, event. In regular life : supermarket, daily job i have got my cellphone. DSLR, glass, accessoires etc weights more then 5kg. Don’t want to carry that every day.

  • Tom Jakob Brablec

    I wish I could, I miss out on a lot of opportunities, but as a teenager in a city with a rather high crime rate, I can’t risk losing my gear. I guess “special occasions” most closely describes anytime I know I will be shooting something.

  • Ck

    There should be a poll, to check people if they use the camera even if they have it with them.

  • Kari Silva

    I have a wonderful DSLR camera bag that looks like a purse, but is padded so I literally take my camera and an extra lens with me everywhere I go. I wouldn’t do this if I hadn’t invested in the camera bag purse though, as I don’t like advertising I have expensive equipment with me all the time.

  • Ellie Whittaker

    when we are out and about (with the exception of grocery shopping or walking to work) I normally have my DSLR on an over-the-shoulder harness – easier for walking and scrambling – I rarely take my point-n-shoot out anymore

  • Haris Javed

    I’m petrified when it comes to hanging around with a dslr around the place where i live.. people often get mugged here so its not a very good idea ambling with a promiment valuable such as a dslr in a place creeping with muggers..

  • dawnarie

    I don’t because I already carry a purse and a messenger bag with me, and can’t handle carrying one more thing. I AM looking for a camera bag that can double as a purse though.

  • Kiltedbear

    Most people are obsessed with their cell phones and most modern cell phones have decent pos cameras built in today so I think you are wrong.

  • Billie Leishangthem

    OF COURSE ..I DO CARRY MY DSLR…..AS PHOTOGRAPHY IS MY DRUG

  • JJ

    What you mean is “how many people wear their cameras?”, I personally carry my Pentax K5 with me nearly everywhere, shop, work, paragliding etc… Pancake lenses (40mm) make great walkaround lenses

  • Budi Surya

    My beat up 400D and 50/1.8 actually are my most used dslr, basically they’re very lightweight & expendable :D Yet they’re still ticking and taking nice pics no matter in hot/cold/rainy/dusty, on the street, in the market, in the wild, sub-urban, slums, etc.

    And yeah, I use an ugly ordinary bag as well yet padded good enough and readies a good plastic bag along all the time, just in case of raining, flooding, drowning, etc.

    Go ahead, grab a cheap DSLR & lens, lightweight enough for you to take anywhere and cheap enough should it being “forcefully” decommissioned :D.
    300D, 350D, D100, D70, Minolta 5D, 7D, etc.

    My 600D & D200 and some good lenses on the other hand, very seldom have such trip and adventure. Pity them only sees action in a pristine, safe, controlled environment. :(

  • Nick

    I recently got the a6000, and it’s amazing!!!

  • http://farviewfotography.com Ron

    I have at least 2 digital cameras plus my cell phone in the vehicle at all times. I don’t carry my larger Nikon or Fuji into most stores, but I do carry one into friends homes and on most outings. My cell phone, Samsung Galaxy Note II has a great camera, and it does well in those instances when a larger camera is not practical.

  • Rick Brooks

    I have been taking my backpack each day, which contains my 7D and 60D, and an assortment of lens. It’s already in the upper 80’s to low 90’s in Florida, so I may have to modify my routine on days that I would have to leave them in the car for extended periods.

Some older comments

  • Rakesh

    May 17, 2013 11:25 pm

    Recently bought a Canon G1X to carry along on our adventure in India - The Rickshaw Run. Like the camera much. But does fall a bit short on taking pictures while moving. Slow to capture. iPhone camera is much better for 'on the move' pictures.

    But, yes, now carry the G1X around with me.

  • Kathie Thomas

    May 16, 2013 12:06 pm

    Gerianne, that's exactly how it happened for me too! I got addicted to taking photos daily and did the 365 day project for 2 years in a row. Attempted a 3rd year but had an accident and seriously broke my leg so was not able to walk around outside without aide for 4 months, but I'm now back out and about every day again. And like you, it even goes to church with me - I've done photographs for the church as a result. Always camera ready!

  • Rob Ferguson

    May 15, 2013 12:49 am

    I carry a Canon compact around pretty well everywhere I go. It fits in a pocket so easy to take along. I've scored pics wherever. Next is I take my small camera bag along for about 70% of my outings whether to the store or whereever and it has an older compact and my Fuji bridge camera. I've managed to get some nice shots with it. Otherwise I take both camera bags along so I have my Olympus DSLR as well but this I only take along on 30% of my trips. I've been looking for a bag that will haul everything in one but hard to find one I like.

  • Steve

    May 15, 2013 12:04 am

    60% of the time, I take my DSLR with me every time.

  • Gerianne

    May 14, 2013 10:00 pm

    It started out as a photo a day project, my personal challenge to take a picture of something - anything - every day. And it turned into the most amazing growth for me. Shooting something daily was how I became comfortable with my camera, and I was learning to "see" a photograph even before I took it. Pretty soon I had all kinds of people waiting to see what picture I would post 'today'. But the best part was that I was growing as a photographer. Pretty soon I had my own style, and my photos were getting better and better all the time. People ask me why I have my camera with me everywhere I go - even church on Sunday - and I say to them, "How can I be a photographer if I don't have a camera with me?!!" Then, when the paying jobs come around, I feel much more confident in my ability to offer the client something beautiful. Happy shooting, folks :)

  • sandie

    May 14, 2013 05:22 pm

    I have a Nikon DSLR and, on a month's holiday in the US, I took it with me everywhere - too big and clunky to be carried comfortably all the time. I wish that then I'd had my Olympus Pen with me! This camera is much more portable - I usually have it with me in my normal handbag/purse which doesn't shout 'Camera'. I've also an ancient mobile phone which has a camera facility, which I use in an emergency!

    I love the question 'What is the best camera?' - answer 'The one you have with you' and also the saying 'It's not about the camera'.

    Interesting thread.

  • rose

    May 14, 2013 03:04 pm

    too paranoid to carry my other cameras so it's always my mobile phone unless I am going to a special event

  • Frank De Carlo

    May 11, 2013 11:16 am

    Take a look at the Sony NEX series. Image quality is EXCELLENT and you can carry a couple of lenses that weigh next to nothing.

  • Rob Bixby

    May 10, 2013 08:41 pm

    I am looking into buying an upper level P&S for every day carry. The DSLR gets to be a pain sometimes. literally!

  • iqbal

    May 10, 2013 08:15 pm

    How i carry my dslr with me all time? I am a company service holder.

  • Lindsey

    May 10, 2013 11:37 am

    I NEVER go anywhere without my DSLR! Even if I'm just running out for a gallon of milk. You just never know. :)

  • Lynn

    May 10, 2013 07:41 am

    A Sony p&s is always with me in my purse. The frustrating thing is driving along, seeing a great shot, and having nowhere to pull off! My Sony A57 generally stays at home unless I'm going out specifically to shoot or there's a fair chance of a "Kodak moment".

  • Frank De Carlo

    May 10, 2013 05:45 am

    I keep a Sony RX 100 with me at all times in case something comes along. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have a viewfinder. Other than that, the image quality is EXCELLENT plus it shoots in RAW, JPEG or both and offers P, M, A, M. It's a little on the expensive side but if you're going for the shot, you want the best.

  • Nicholas Erwin

    May 10, 2013 04:57 am

    I agree with one of the top posters "Justin" that when you have a large camera and heavy lenses, its not such a easy thing to do. They are big and bulky and just a pain in the butt to carry around unless I'm shooting an event or doing a photo shoot.

    I'd personally love to bring my camera with me every where and I could easily by removing the grip and putting on a light weight lens like my nifty 35 1.8 and use my neck strap instead of my Black Rapid RS7 since the camera would weigh a lot less and be a little easier to carry instead of having to wear my Black Rapid around every wheres. I normally use that strap during events and long days of shooting..but other than that I go with out any strap, especially around the house.

    I don't have a smart phone so I can't take the advantages of the awesome cameras these little devices have these days. But I am considering getting a Fuji X-20 as my light weight travel camera..the image quality is fantastic, great low light performance and sharpness and it doesn't break the bank too bad..only around $600 and it still allows me to shoot raw.

    I'm still trying to figure out my style and part of my new years resolution was to try and bring my camera around a bit more and I have, but not as much as I originally thought.

    I certainly don't want to make photography a chore, its suppose to be a fun hobby.

  • DGB

    May 10, 2013 02:40 am

    It is like a credit card to me I don't leave home without it. I carry 3 cameras two dslr's and one movie camera all of them digital. Who knows when something will happen.

  • Gary

    May 10, 2013 02:04 am

    I always have my RX100 with me....I just love that little camera; does everything that I want it too. No it's not my DSLR, but it's such a good camera that it outshine my DSLR in some respects.

  • Tom Feazel

    May 10, 2013 01:48 am

    I have a Lumix LX5, Which has an f2 Leica lens, full manual control if I want, and incredible battery life. It lives in my car's console, and is always available.

  • Dan

    May 10, 2013 01:27 am

    When I do not have my DSLR, I have my iPhone (loaded with photo apps!)

  • Kathie Thomas

    May 8, 2013 04:34 pm

    To Alex above. I have a small leather backpack which is big enough to hold my DSLR and a long lens on it. The backpack also holds my wallet, a notepad and pen, business cards and a few other odds and ends, including a spare battery. So it's on my back, or a shoulder, all the time. Mind you, it probably looks more like a woman's bag and it took me ages to find it but it was worthwhile. But if you keep your eyes open you'll probably find something. Is it padded? No. But the bag is always on me, or safely in the car where it doesn't roll.

  • Jason

    May 8, 2013 08:19 am

    I take my Pentax k30 everywhere, at least in my car just in case. It's weather sealed so it makes it easy and I don't worry too much about it.

  • Shai

    May 8, 2013 03:44 am

    I've been carrying a mobile w/camera capabilities since '07.
    Since moving last July I have my DSLR w/me at all times (including another lens, micros and a flash gadget). When I am truly shooting, alone and by husband's insistence, my monopod while the tri is in the boot.
    It's a sickness! lol

  • Abby

    May 8, 2013 03:25 am

    I take my camera everywhere, you never see me without it. You never know what you will run into, and the opportunity to get great photos is always there. I have my backpack on me all the time, I've never minded the weight of it or having to carry it along.

  • Peter van Kekem

    May 7, 2013 11:28 pm

    I have my cell phone with it's very simply camera always with me. On holidays and other events, I sometimes bring my Canon Powershot SX200 with me. Only when I am the photographer of the event, or go for a photography tour or something, I bring my DSLR.

  • Keith

    May 7, 2013 01:42 pm

    On the basis that any camera is better than none, I have a Nikon P&S in a small pouch on my belt all the time. My camera bag with my DSLR is usually in the car boot together with a tripod. I also have a Sony Ericsson C905 phone which has an 8Mp camera but is a single wideangle focal length although there is a reasonable amount of control available when you get used to it

  • Alex

    May 7, 2013 10:42 am

    Out of the all the people who voted "Yes I take a DSLR with me Most Places" I'd really like to know, How?

    Do you have it in a bag in the car?
    Around your neck?
    On your shoulder?
    One handed?
    In a small bag?

    I really would LOVE to take my DSLR out more, but how to you conveniently take it with you?

  • Kyle Borreson

    May 7, 2013 10:31 am

    I always have my phone with me, usually have my t4i nearby.... If I'm wanting something smaller or lighter than my rebel, I put the batteries back in my s5is (yes, I'm a canon whore... :-P) With a black rapids sling, it make the rebel much easier to pack around everywhere.

  • duaego

    May 7, 2013 10:18 am

    I learned the sanctified commandment for all photographers when I began as a news and assignment photog. It ingrained in me deeply at an early stage of my career; more so when I began a long stretch of Nature Photography where one stays in the wild for days and never gets further than arms length from the armed rig or kit. I have purchased a smart phone that has superior CMOS sensor. The case with my Nikon D800E and parts is always in the insulated trunk of my car.

    If you ever see the perfect shot and fail to capture it . . . You have failed in your mission

    "duaego"

  • David

    May 7, 2013 08:59 am

    My 1D MKll used to go everywhere with me; and it still does on the weekends. But the one that I never, never leave at home, is my Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko 28mm 2.8. It's compact and fits nicely in the pocket of my shorts.

    I also usually have a Canon G9 or Olympus MJU-ll lurking about in the car as well.

  • Kathie Thomas

    May 7, 2013 08:48 am

    My NikonD90 travels with me everywhere. I shopped for a long, long time, looking for that perfect small bag that didn't scream 'photographer' but would carry what I need.

    I have many people saying they wish they could take photos like me, and I know I'm a long way from being a pro, but I tell them all, that I take photos almost every single day and for 2 years did Project 365. I found I had improved a lot at the end of each year and find it really beneficial to keep taking photos.

    Besides, you never know what you're going to miss if you don't have it with you!

  • Juha Ylitalo

    May 7, 2013 06:44 am

    I used to carry Canon EOS 20D, 40D or 5DMkII with me wherever I went, but nowadays I carry Olympus OM-D with me.

  • Denzil Jennings

    May 7, 2013 03:51 am

    This is why I picked up an x100s. I knew the main obstacle standing between me and becoming a better photographer was not shooting frequently enough. I completed a 365 Day Photo Challenge last year, and I loved shooting every day, but I got tired of lugging my DSLR around. So instead of investing money into my camera system that would ultimately make things less portable, I decided to buy a camera that could easily fit in my work bag, a jacket pocket, or even my glovebox, but would still give me the functionality of a DSLR. Now the x100s is with me everywhere I go, and its been a blast shooting almost daily.

  • Noah

    May 7, 2013 03:34 am

    I tote mine around more than I need it seems. Between capturing family and various sights there are few times I don't have my camera with me. If I know the weather will be interesting I'll bring my bag to work so I can stop a few spots after if the sky makes it interesting.

  • Abigail

    May 7, 2013 02:06 am

    I've started taking my dslr with me any occasion that's not the "usual routine" and some of the usual places as well, because I had several one-time opportunities that I didn't take my camera, and really regretted it later :)

  • FrankXM

    May 7, 2013 01:53 am

    My DSLR goes with me everywhere 99% of the time. The 1% is when I'm going to the store or someplace quick and don't "think" i need it, and I've missed some great stuff on a few of those trips. Sure, I could use my iPhone, but it's sometimes just not quick enough.

  • Carol

    May 7, 2013 01:41 am

    I am often torn re: taking my DSLR w/me everywhere. I always have it around when I know I'm going to be somewhere that I feel will offer photo opp's. I have a small inexpensive point & shoot that I often have along instead. It's so much more handy. But I don't get the photos with it that SHOULD'VE been taken w/the DSLR. So I am usually in quite a dilemma! And there are times, of course, when it's just not appropriate to be snapping away w/a big camera. I'm thinking that my best bet may be to invest in a better quality P&S that's smaller and lighter than my DSLR. I have my camera phone w/me all the time, but rarely ever think to use it! How weird is that? Altho I use for my phone for EVERYTHING else, it rarely occurs to me to use it for photos!

  • Vikki

    May 7, 2013 01:19 am

    I always grab my Nikon 5100 and I also have a Sony compact in my purse. then there is my cell phone which I don't use 'cause the quality is not so good.

    I'm a rank beginner but I live in NE Tennessee where the scenery is gorgeous and picture worthy all the time. Lijke this am...clouds drifting around the mountaintops after the rain..OH MY!

  • Justin

    May 6, 2013 11:33 pm

    I am surprised by the number of people that take a DSLR with them most places. I have my iPhone on me at all times and take my DSLR when I know I will be able to take the time to use it. I have two kids under the age of four so that may be part of the issue!

  • Leif

    May 6, 2013 11:18 pm

    Yes, it was one of the reasons why I switched from DSLR to Micro Four Thirds. Never left the house without it in the last months. But I wish there would have been an option for mirrorless cameras in the poll so I voted for dslr...more dslr like than compact.

  • Gazamonk

    May 6, 2013 10:35 pm

    @Jan..

    ....and that is the lesson right there :-(
    I cannot remember who it was attributed too but there is a well known answer in photography.

    The question : What is the best camera ?
    Answer : The one you have with you.

  • lindseyP

    May 6, 2013 10:28 pm

    Two missing choices apply to me: Compact camera OR DSLR; and, Camera plus a phone. Either of those choices would have been more accurate than the ones in your poll.

  • Ken Mason

    May 6, 2013 10:15 pm

    Yes I have p&s Samsung with me and my iPhone 5 camera all the time. It was easier in the winter because of coat pockets but its still worth it.

  • Christel

    May 6, 2013 10:13 pm

    I always bring my RX100 with me at all times. From time to time, the D7000. But for planned serious shooting, I bring my hard core Nikon DLSR.

  • Jan

    May 6, 2013 10:11 pm

    Interesting question :)... I do not take my DSLR with me everyday... But what is funny about this is that I regularly (not every day, but surely twice a month) have nightmares about it. I dream that I see something incredibly beautiful (some unreal sunset, or something like this), and I don't have my camera with me :).
    And this unfortunately happened for real, like a beautiful rainbow over a little mountain village.... and my camera was home, then I took it for two weeks where I saw nothing... and started to leave it home again.

  • Gazamonk

    May 6, 2013 10:01 pm

    Wouldn't go anywhere without my compact it tags along within quick reach even when I have my DSLR and all my lenses with me.

    I would also rather have my Canon G15 in my pocket than nothing at all just because I was too much of a snob to carry anything less than a DSLR around with me.

    Up to 10"x8" its practically indistinguishable from SLR shots.

    Higher end compacts are really coming on in leaps and bounds especially the lens quality and just how much better the makers are at getting the most out of these smaller sensors.

  • Anna McCullough

    May 6, 2013 09:43 pm

    You left out a category - BRIDGE cameras. I checked the "compact camera" category because I don't carry my Olympus DSLR and all its lenses with me everywhere, but I don't have a compact - my other camera is a Fuji HS20 long-zoom bridge cam. It does indeed go with me everywhere. It's not tiny - in fact, it's almost the size of the DSLR - but its versatility allows me to get a range of images that a point 'n shoot would not. I just carry a large purse :D

  • Vicki

    May 6, 2013 09:31 pm

    I have a PowerShot in my purse at all times, but if I'm on a specific "mission," I take my Canon T2i.

  • Angela

    May 6, 2013 07:42 pm

    I had to check "only my phone camera" because that's currently true. But it's only been true for the past 18 months. Previously (for about 3 years) I always carried a compact.

    I chose the Panasonic LX3 model back in 2009 specifically because it gave me manual control and quality images in a compact format. (Limited zoom, I agree, but to me this was an advantage as it forced me to "get in close", which was something I wanted to work on.)

    Then, and this is the utterly crazy part, I changed the bag I carry to work. It's slimmer than the previous bag and suddenly the camera didn't fit so comfortably and I started leaving it at home. Before I knew it I'd lost the habit of carrying it and using it every day. I miss having a good camera always to hand and the learning opportunities afforded by simply taking lots of photos.

    It certainly reveals how a simple, tangential factor can profoundly influence our habits. (And not just in photography.)

    Guess it's time for a new work bag. :)

  • Laura

    May 6, 2013 05:42 pm

    My canon powershot lives in my purse, so it is pretty much always with me. I only take my DSLR if I expect to have time to use it.

  • Trapper

    May 6, 2013 04:39 pm

    I think many people were untruthful on this one.

  • Sean

    May 6, 2013 04:08 pm

    How do I vote if I carry a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with me everywhere? I've owned Nikon DSLR gear since 2004, but bought my first m4/3 camera in 2010. Now I shoot mostly with an Olympus OM-D E-M5, and an assortment of m4/3 lenses. It's portable enough that I carry it every day with at least a pancake prime and another small lens or two. Many of my best photos are taken when I'm not necessarily looking for them.

  • gareth lewis

    May 6, 2013 02:53 pm

    Dslr generally comes with me everywhere. But have an older fuji bridge that I use for harsh enviroments a point and shoot for social occasions with mates. And a pns with dive case and external flash for those divebased moments. And I all else fails fot the old smart phone in the pocket

  • Scott G

    May 6, 2013 02:50 pm

    @Bruce I'm exactly the same way... I've gotten used to what my Nikon can do, and I only have it with me when I'm planning to shoot a show or event, but then that's also the stuff I'm interested in shooting right now, other than when I'm working in my makeshift studio.

  • Merry Prankster

    May 6, 2013 12:57 pm

    Having a good camera with me all the time is the reason I purchased a Fuji X100. In my opinion, the the perfect balance between portability and image quality for carry everywhere camera.

  • ian

    May 6, 2013 11:47 am

    I generally take my older (2003) Kodak CX7430 4mp point and shoot with me everywhere. But when i dont have it, i always have my Samsung Galaxy S lll with me. It takes great pictures and has just as many settings and scene modes not to mention iso and shutter speed settings. Albeit all digital but i still have manual settings when i need them. My canon T3i only goes out on special shoots where a dslr is needed.

  • Benke

    May 6, 2013 11:26 am

    You guys could do a post giving us options on this. We all know how poor P&S cameras are, so we may be looking for sth a bit better... I'm tempted to buy a Fuji X20 - can't carry a DSLR to the office everyday!

  • Butch

    May 6, 2013 11:26 am

    I take my dslr with me lots of places but don't know that I would say most. My cell phone is always with me and I definitely notice that I take/share more pictures because of it.

  • Roy

    May 6, 2013 11:03 am

    I almost always have a cell camera on me (8mp, 4x zoom) I keep my Canon s5is in a bag with spare batteries and a video light as a "emergency picture kit" in the car, and I lug the 60d around for my little trips...that and I use a nikon l14 as a dash cam (can take 6hr videos...) So I'm pretty set ;) the poll could be a bit more specific but its in the ball park :)

  • TibSam

    May 6, 2013 10:19 am

    iPhone is with me all the time. Sony RX100 in my glove compartment and with me whenever I think I meet need a higher quality pic (often). Sony a77 and a myriad of lenses and bags of various sizes with me, depending on the event.

  • Justin

    May 6, 2013 10:02 am

    EDIT: I think it really depends on your style and subject of your photography. If you're a street shooter living in NYC... then I would probably absolutely take a quality camera with me, since you'd always be in an environment rich with potential subject. Not the case for me.

  • Justin

    May 6, 2013 10:00 am

    Bruce, I'm with you. I almost never carry my DSLR with me. For one thing, it's big and heavy and cumbersome to tote around. If you're going to be out of the car for a while shopping, going to dinner, etc... do you take it and carry it around and watch it like a baby? For another, it's very expensive (for me, almost $6k between the body and lens, depending on which lens) to just leave it in the car constantly. And while I do have gear insurance, I still don't think the risk and added wear and tear on the equipment is really all that worth it for the few shots I wished I would have taken.

    Most of the time when I'm out and about, it's not practical to stop and really take a good shot of whatever it is that caught your eye anyway (because you're headed to an appointment, have someone with you, on a schedule, in traffic, etc.). And so if you rush and pop a quick snap, in my experience, the rushed photo isn't really a portfolio keeper anyway.

    Instead, I take my full gear load out with me on specific photo hunting trips. If I had all the money in the world, I would definitely keep an extra DSLR+lens in the car stashed away just in case, and leave my main gear bag at home and ready to go without having to switch equipment around. If it got stolen or lost or broken or full of dust, no big deal. But I'm not rich.

    I also have a Sony NEX-5N, but quite frankly, the shots I take with it leave a bit to be desired IQ-wise and are more likely for personal record than professional portfolio. And so if it's just for personal use, my iPhone 5 usually fits the bill, which is all I usually have on me. :)

  • Andrew Beasley

    May 6, 2013 09:03 am

    Bit stuck as to what button to push here as I have an iPhone 5 and a compact with me most of the time and often have a Lumix bridge in the boot of the car as well...

    Still hunting for a real compact though with the quality of the fz-150 while not costing the earth.

  • Bruce Walker

    May 6, 2013 08:51 am

    I generally only have a camera with me when I'm specifically out shooting. I chose "special occasions" in the poll; inaccurate, but close enough.

    P&S's drive me crazy (too slow, no manual focus points, noisy, no RAW, etc.) and my cellphone camera has even worse quality and usability. I don't have the budget for a small camera with the level of quality and features that I could actually work with, so that leaves me with my DSLR. That's too big to carry with me always, so I therefore take it when I'm out with the specific purpose of shooting in mind.

    It also seems that the kinds of subjects I shoot aren't even addressed by any of the high Q small cameras: portraits (wide apertures, short tele, low noise), live music in clubs (low light, tele). Very few have interchangeable lenses. The Pentax Q is closest I think.

    I surely can't be the only one?

  • Peter

    May 6, 2013 07:19 am

    I have an older DSLR, but I leave it at home most of the time, as it isn't as convenient as my midget Casio p&s. I take it with me just about everywhere I go.

    Have no fear, I am looking for a better p&s now!

  • Jim Donahue

    May 6, 2013 06:58 am

    Inow keep a small Olympus P&S with me at all time, just in case the moment come by.

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